Brachialis or Anterior Capsular Elbow Strain With Rehab
ImageBrachialis/anterior capsular elbow strain is better known as climber's elbow. It involves inflammation of the brachialis muscle in the upper arm, or strain in the front of the upper arm (anterior compartment). It causes pain in the front of the elbow. The brachialis muscle is important for flexing the forearm at the elbow joint. Climber's elbow is usually an overuse injury that at first causes minimal pain, and slowly progresses. Strain to the anterior compartment is often caused by excessive and repeated straightening of the elbow.
SYMPTOMS
CAUSES
Climber's elbow has a variety of possible causes, including:
RISK INCREASES WITH:
PREVENTION
PROGNOSIS
If treated properly, climber's elbow can usually be cured within 6 weeks.
RELATED COMPLICATIONS
TREATMENT
Treatment first involves ice and pain medicine, to reduce pain and inflammation. It is important to modify any activities that cause symptoms to get worse, in order to prevent the injury from worsening. Stretching and strengthening exercises are important to help learn proper techniques when using the muscles of the elbow. These exercises may be completed at home or with a therapist. Your caregiver may also advise other treatments, such as ultrasound and heat therapy. Surgery is rarely necessary.
MEDICATION
HEAT AND COLD
SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:
EXERCISES
RANGE OF MOTION (ROM) AND STRETCHING EXERCISES - Brachialis/Anterior Capsular Elbow Strain (Climber's Elbow)
These exercises may help you when beginning to rehabilitate your injury. Your symptoms may go away with or without further involvement from your physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer. While completing these exercises, remember:
ImageRANGE OF MOTION – Extension
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageRANGE OF MOTION – Supination, Active-Assisted
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
*Repeat this exercise, as instructed, with your elbow straight.
ImageRANGE OF MOTION – Pronation, Active-Assisted
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
*Repeat this exercise, as instructed, with your elbow straight.
ImageSTRETCH – Elbow Flexors
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
STRENGTHENING EXERCISES - Brachialis/Anterior Capsular Elbow Strain (Climber's Elbow)
These exercises may help you restore your elbow mobility, once your caregiver has discontinued your restraint period. Beginning these exercises before receiving your caregiver's approval may result in delayed healing. Your symptoms may resolve with or without further involvement from your physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer. While completing these exercises, remember:
ImageSTRENGTH – Elbow Flexors, Isometric
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageSTRENGTH – Elbow Flexors, Supinated
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageSTRENGTH - Elbow Extensors, Dynamic
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageSTRENGTH – Forearm Supinators
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageSTRENGTH – Forearm Pronators
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
 
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
 
Document Released: 12/18/2006 Document Revised: 01/08/2016 Document Reviewed: 09/20/2016
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